Infantile Spasms is a diagnosis.
And a marker.
Or symptom…if you will.
A symptom of something else. Because once you enter Infantile Spasms Ville you quickly learn that seizures in and of themselves are not the final diagnosis…they are a symptom. Of an underlying cause. And in the world of Infantile Spasms there are many underlying causes. Each underlying condition a spectrum.
Spectrum according to Dictionary.com:
a broad range of varied but related ideas or objects, the individual features of which tend to overlap
You know. The same but different.
Each IS baby has a unique journey. And those that share the same Underlying (spectrum) Condition do too. Each Cortical Dysplasia child. Or baby who had a neonatal stroke. Or has Tuberous Sclerosis. Or Dravets . Or Mito…
(to name a few)
All have unique paths that unfold.
One thing that rings true for all (that I’m aware of) IS children and their specific underlying conditions…
There is NO cure
There are miracles here and there. Some children respond quickly to treatment and move forward without scars until Infantile Spasms is but a distant memory. That maybe you had a nightmare once-d. But the majority of families move forward into a journey that…while it brings it’s own sense of joy because our children do bring joy…is much different than the one we ever imagined they would travel. Much harder. Much darker. Much more medically complex. Drug and therapy saturated. Tear and prayer drenched. Than we could have imagined.
And we live each day trying desperately to love our children to the best holistic health humanly possible.
And we spend our free time dreaming about the day there will be a Cure.
This week is Mitochondrial Awareness Week.
And while Trevy’s underlying condition is not Mito…
he does have a sweet little (arranged) friend on the other side of the country who does. And his friend has an extraordinary mommy…to whom my heart has connected.
And today…I’m praying and dreaming for Hudson.
And this post is my way of helping create more awareness for all the children and their families courageously living with Mitochondrial Disease.
XOXO Hudson & Mommy